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Blythewood student selected to perform at Carnegie Hall

Jada Bacote

Jada Bacote

Jada Bacote, a senior at South Carolina Connections Academy, has been selected for the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Bacote will perform Voice–Soprano One in February with the Honors Concert Choir. Participation in the Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated young performers from across the world.

Bacote auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was recently accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in a student’s application and audition recording.

Bacote has studied music for seven years and is a member of Puretone Vocal Arts Academy and a piano student with Cherisse Miller Piano Studios. She has performed in several musicals, participated in professional vocal recordings, and music video productions. Bacote has won numerous awards and scholarship competitions in piano solo and concerto with SCPFA, CMTA, and Music Clubs of Columbia. In her spare time, she teaches beginners piano, works as a piano accompanist locally, volunteers in the community, and is the founder and owner of Beloved Treasures by Jada, a sewing business she started in 2019.

Bacote is an honors student aspiring to become a music therapist so she can work with children to improve motor, speech, awareness, and self-esteem through music.

In response to her selection, Bacote said, “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being able to grace the stage of Carnegie Hall. This is such an honor to be able to collaborate with students from around the world who love music just as much as I do. I intend to use this experience to become a better musician, a better student, a better teacher, a better me!”

Bacote will join performers from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement. The finalists will come together in New York where they will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other performers, and get a taste of New York. The Honors Performance will take place February 4 at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning approximately 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Marion Gomez, music director for the Honors Performance Series. “We processed nearly 10,000 nominations this year and have selected the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at these renowned music halls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians will never forget.”

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual student performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in world renowned venues. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting and

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